It was six years ago that active duty Marine Sergeant Hisashi Pompey brought his licensed, legal sidearm into New Jersey.
That “mistake” ended his decorated and otherwise honorable military police career and, beginning on Monday, it will land him in prison for three years.
That is, unless he gets some help from the state’s governor.
ABC 7 New York reports that Sgt Pompey, who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and received medals for bravery, reports to prison Monday for the ‘crime’ of possessing a legally purchased and licensed gun that was not permitted in New Jersey:
To combat gang violence, New Jersey lawmakers several years ago tacked on mandatory sentences for gun-related offenses.
No longer do you have to be in the process of committing a crime with a gun to end up behind bars, simply possessing an un-permitted gun in the state can make you a felon and a prisoner, even if you’re like decorated Marine Sergeant Pompey.
UPDATE – 04/15/17 at 2:00 AM:
According to ABC 7, Governor Christie has commuted Pompey’s sentence. Pompey said of the decision,“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, this isn’t April Fools, right? I don’t know how to react. I’m grateful, grateful.”
This is like suspending the kid with a stick shaped like a gun not too long ago. What about this man said he was there to commit “gang violence?” And, being from NJ originally, most of the “gang violence” revolved around drugs – where even non-drug users knew what street to go to get what drug – so what are you doing about getting drugs off the street? This kind of thing keeps happening, and it seems to keep collecting people who aren’t gang members. There was the mother several years ago that even the NRA went to bat for. Now this Marine. They ruined his career and almost his life… for what?
And people wondered why I refused to even entertain the idea of backing Christie in the presidential election. He could fix this crap. But he won’t.